University Apartments at UNCW to remain closed


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — UNCW officials announced Friday that the University Apartments will not open back up for students after Hurricane Florence. The school does not expect the apartment to open any time soon.

In the letter, Patricia Leonard, the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs for the university, says students will be emailed Friday evening with their new housing assignments. She says they will also be able to come pick up their belongings Saturday at 10 a.m.

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Below is the letter that was emailed to parents and students and posted on the UNCW Facebook page Thursday evening.

“Dear University Apartments residents and parents:

First and foremost, I want to apologize for the significant inconvenience and distress of the last two weeks. I can only imagine the anxiety it has caused for all of you, and what a challenge it has been to face this disruption both personally and academically.

After two weeks of assessing the damage to University Apartments, evaluating the steps that would be necessary to try to remediate all issues as we continued to move through the repairs, and considering our short- and long-term options, we have made the decision we now believe is in the best interest and safety of our students. We have determined that it will not be feasible for students to move back into University Apartments, and we do not expect the apartments to reopen anytime soon. We simply could not leave students (and their parents) in limbo any longer, wondering when they could move back in, and potentially having the date pushed back repeatedly. We realize that this an enormous shock for you. We want to give you as much information as we can to help you understand what’s next. This evening you will be emailed about your new housing assignment, and tomorrow morning at 10 a.m., you can retrieve your belongings from your apartments, get more information on your new location, and begin to move in.

Please continue to monitor your email [and this feed] this evening for a message with additional details. We can’t begin to tell you how sorry we are for the massive disappointment and disruption this is, and we will do whatever we can to support you during this time.


Patricia Leonard
Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs

The university apologizes for the inconvenience to parents and students. They also encourage people to monitor their emails and the UNCW Facebook page for additional details.